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The Agony Of Adult Acne

I am 2 years old and I still get acne like my teenager phase. This is a frequently asked question we hear from patients on a daily basis. Although acne is one of the most common skin disorders, it is more seen in adolescence but acne persisting into adulthood is also quite common. In short, acne can occur in people of all age groups. Adult acne is acne that occurs after the age of 25. There are four factors that directly contribute to acne are:

1) Excess oil production

2) Cogged pores

3) Bacteria

4) Inflammation

There can be other reasons as well like any underlying medical complication or hormonal imbalance, stress, any skincare or makeup products that clog pores. Diet can also cause inflammation throughout the body. For example; people allergic to dairy start developing acne when they are on a dairy-based diet.

Surprising Causes of Adult Acne

1) Hairstyling products that touch your skin cause acne

2) Facial hair removal leads to acne formation

3) Using too many skincare products cause acne

4) Harsh makeup remover causes acne

5) Heavy sunscreen causes acne

6) High processed food and refined carbs lead to acne

7) Stress causes hormonal changes that ultimately result in acne formation

8) Cell phones transfer acne-causing bacteria to your face

Note: Adult acne commonly appears on the lower half of the face.

How to prevent adult acne breakouts?

Want to know the secret of how to stop pimples coming on the face? First of all, you should know that acne is not in anyone’s control. However, here are some key tips that help in preventing breakouts.

1) Don’t sleep with makeup on

2) Purchase cosmetics or skincare products that are labeled as non-comedogenic and oil-free because they don’t clog pores

3) Wear at least SPF 30 daily even if you are staying indoor to prevent the darkening of these spots

4) Avoid using facial oils on an oily and acne-prone skin

Treatment of adult acne on the face

If you follow mentioned steps, you can treat your adult acne at home. You don't have to go anywhere.

1) Invest in a good face wash

Washing your face regularly is important to maintain healthy skin. During the day, our skin gets exposed to pollutants, bacteria, and dirt. Washing the face removes these impurities and maintains proper hydration of the skin. If you don’t wash your face twice a day, it gets covered in dirt and makes it difficult for other products to penetrate the skin. Skin also becomes dehydrated, wrinkled, and aged if not properly cleaned. A good quality facewash also manages the pH level of the skin that enables sufficient water and product absorption into the skin. Looking for a good quality dermatologically recommended facewash for your acne-prone and sensitive skin? Coming with a powerful blend of 3% Mandelic acid and vitamin E, MandelAc facewash is your savior. Clinically proven MandelAc cleanser facewash reduces acne, hyperpigmentation, and unwanted bacteria on the skin. By removing dead skin cells, it fills up acne scars and enhances skin’s texture.

2) You need a moisturizer

When your skin becomes dry, your body tends to produce more oil to fill the need for moisture. This extra oil production results in clogged pores that result in breaking out of skin more than before. Your moisturizer can be a big protector in the journey of your acne life. The right choice of moisturizer can prevent your skin from becoming dry and irritated. Wondering what type of moisturizer is best for your skin? An oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer is unlikely to cause acne. DermiVe oil-free moisturizer is a silky, creamy formulation, infused with ceramides and hyaluronic acid is a perfect everyday moisturizer for every skin type but specifically, it’s lightweight and non-greasy texture makes it best for oily and acne-prone skin.

3) Buy that serum!

Acne-prone skin is already producing excessive oils. In such a skin type, you should avoid heavy products that are oil-based. Can’t use an oil-based serum? Then what to do? Choose mandelic acid-based serums! Using skincare products containing mandelic acid helps in regulating sebum production, unclogging pores, and reducing inflammation. This can result in fewer acne breakouts. Looking for the best mandelic serum in Pakistan? Jenpharm’s MendalAc serum contains 20% mandelic acid which is perfect for acne and post-acne marks. It is a perfect peeling solution for those with acne, marks, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. It is not only good for pustular acne but also proven best to treat comedonal acne (early stage of acne formation).

4) Look out for hidden medical complications

As mentioned earlier, there might be a chance that your adult acne is a sign of any hormonal imbalance or medical complication. If you have seen rapid weight increase, increased hair loss, or disturbed menstrual cycle (in women), there is a great chance that you might be getting prey to any hidden medical problem like Thyroid disease or PCOS, etc. Even if there is no problem, you might be allergic to anything in your diet like dairy or gluten causing complications for you. So for any medical procedure, it is best to visit a doctor and get assistance accordingly.

5) Use masks

A good quality face mask extracts out any excess oil and impurities in your skin that will fight current breakouts and prevent future ones from coming on. You can use a clay mask or charcoal mask whichever you like. Activated charcoal is a natural remedy for acne. It helps by removing bacteria and other impurities from your pores. It controls oiliness by removing dead skin cells and helps in giving your skin a healthy glow without too much shine of oil. Clay masks also restore the pH balance of the skin and draw out any impurities layering up on the skin. It is rich in nutrients and suitable for all skin types but it is proven best for acne-prone oily skin.

Everyone has a different type of skin but every skin is textured. Glass skin is an illusion. When your skin looks better, your sense of confidence improves exponentially. When your skin is filled with red, inflamed, painful acne pimples, self-confidence is shattered. Although acne is the most common skin disorder, it has many psychological effects on quality of life. With every day passing, acne is being more accepted. With proper treatment, almost all cases of acne can be successfully treated. After all, adulthood is stressful enough so you shouldn’t be stressing over anything that can be cured!